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Get out and have fun with your family outside in the Open Spaces this September by taking advantage of these free events.


Backyard Farming Series

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)


Traditional Uses of Plants

September 2, 9 a.m.– noon

Presenter, Tiana Baca, Manager of Desert Oasis Garden at Albuquerque Academy

Plants are an integral part of our history, culture and evolution. Discover some of the ancient yet relevant uses of plants including dyes, medicine, fibers and more.


Grape and Apple Juice Event

September 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Participants will get to pick, press, and drink apple and grape juice using the fresh produce right from the Hubbell orchard and vineyard. No need to register for this event, just come on down.



Naturalist and Outdoor Adventures

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd.)

Fort Building Workshop

September 3, 1-3 p.m.

Presenter- Cass Landrum with Cottonwood Gulch

Learn the basics of fort building! Whether you want to make a fairy house or a survival structure, we will guide you through each step and send you out on your own. This is a perfect activity for a family to work together and put their creativity and problem solving skills to work.


Winter Plant Wisdom: Immune System

September 10, 1-2:30 p.m.

Presenter- Bernadette Torres

This workshop is part of a four season series on native plants for healing and wellness. This workshop will focus on what plants will help boost the immune system in preparation for winter from colds and flus, and how to use your own yard to produce medicine.



El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)


El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro is the Royal Road stemming from Mexico City to New Mexico and was central to the settling of New Mexico beginning in 1598. Discover the rich history of hardships, conquests, and enchanting tales of this historic trail. This series is presented by Bernalillo County Open Space, the Hubbell House Alliance, El Camino de Tierra Adentro Trails Site, El Camino Real Historic Sites, and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association.


Putting a Human Face on the Ruts of the Trail & El Camino Real through the Eyes of Pobladora Josefa Bustos

September 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Presenter: William Henery Mee & Julianne Burton-Carvajal



East Mountain Interpretive Series

Carlito Springs Bird Walk

September 238:30-10 a.m.

Carlito Springs Open Space 82 Carlito Springs Rd., Tijeras NM

Join Master Naturalist volunteers on a fall walk at this historic property that is a prime location for wildlife due to its abundant vegetation and perennial springs, including birds!


Due to recent closures at this property and others in the East Mountains, only people who are registered will be able to attend the bird walk and enter the property. Registration is limited.


Sandia Mountain Bear Fair

September 241-4  p.m.

Carolino Canyon (9.5 miles south of 1-40 on NM Hwy. 337)

Join the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative for this festive event that will include a presentation on bears in the Sandia Mountains, live music, kids’ activities, nature walks and information booths. The collaborative’ s mission is to better understand our black bear population, their corridors and range in the Sandia Mountains, as well as to educate the public about coexisting with these wild and wonderful animals.



Family Fun Days every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Weekly crafts, outdoor activities, and experiments will be offered to deepen your discover of the natural world. Each Visitor can make a journal and crafts to take home. Activities are all correlated to school science standards making this a great opportunity for homeschoolers– learn, explore and play! There are different activities each week based on the month’s theme.


September’s theme is Take on the Trees

Whether by talking to them, hugging them, or measuring them, we’ll take a look at the variety of trees around Bachechi, from the natives to the invasive while learning to identify each tree and their many uses.


We are proud to announce that 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of BernCo Open Space! We are starting the develop next year’s program of events now and want your input to make it a stellar year.

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For more information or help with registering for any of these Open Space events, contact:

Colleen Langan-McRoberts, or call 505-314-0398